Shoulder Pain Relief Crystal Lake, IL


Specializing In Shoulder Pain

Shoulders…we carry the weight of the world on them. But don’t spend a lot of time trying to figure them out. Our shoulders are each incredibly complicated joint system. The positive aspect of this complexity is that your shoulders allow your body to undertake an amazing range of activities. However, a shoulder pain can be hard to treat independently when a problem does occur.

Specifically, each one of your shoulders is made up of four joints. They form a functional movement system of the upper arm.  Because of this interdependence, any problem with your shoulder often means trouble performing functions. These functions require almost any kind of upper-body mobility.

What causes shoulder pain?

The causes of shoulder problems can stem from a sudden injury, a lifetime of poor posture, or conditions that weaken joint tissue. These conditions include various forms of arthritis and other inflammatory disorders.  Aggravating injuries include acute shoulder trauma and sustained or repetitive activity. At times, heart disease or gallbladder problems can also show up as “referred pain” in your shoulders.

What does physical therapy do to stop shoulder pain and stiffness?

A complete evaluation will verify exactly where the problem is, as well as its severity. Our physical therapist will work with you on a variety of exercises to bring pain-free mobility back to your shoulder. We will also integrate appropriate targeted manual therapy techniques and modalities such as ultrasound or electrical muscle stimulation to expedite your recovery.

For building strength, your physical therapy will probably involve some form of resistance training such as with free weights or, resistance bands.  Functional exercises will be integrated as your symptoms improve.

Ready to get started?

Are you in need of post-surgical rehab or hoping to avoid surgery? Our comprehensive treatment plan is designed to target the various parts of your shoulder and keep you motivated across the course of therapy.

Contact Given Sports & Physical Therapy today at Crystal Lake, IL center or make an appointment online to learn how our physical therapist can help you quickly relieve your shoulder pain.


What is the most common shoulder injury?

Sprains and strains are among the most commonly experienced overuse injuries in the shoulder area. A strain occurs when a muscle or tendon is stretched too far or torn. A sprain occurs when a ligament is stretched too far or torn. Strains and sprains can result in an ongoing shoulder pain that may make it difficult to partake in exercise or even daily tasks. If the strain or sprain is minor, it can sometimes be iced at home and healed with rest. More severe strains and sprains will often require physical therapy treatments. Additional shoulder injuries include a torn cartilage, dislocation, tendinitis, frozen shoulder, and arthritis.

How do you know if my shoulder injury is serious?

Your shoulders can accomplish several physical feats due to their structure – however, this also means that they are susceptible to an increased risk of injury because of their complexity. If something becomes damaged in the make-up of the shoulders, pain and discomfort can develop. This pain may range from a dull ache to shooting pains, depending on the severity of the condition. If you are experiencing severe pain, or pain lasting three months or longer, it could be indicative of a deeper issue.

How do I get my shoulder to stop hurting?

If your shoulder is causing you discomfort, physical therapy is the best way to ensure the highest rate of relief. Our physical therapists are highly trained to help improve the flexibility and range of motion in your shoulder, in addition to relieving your pain and discomfort. This will be done through an individualized treatment plan designed specifically for you, and may include any combination of treatment methods as your physical therapist deems fit, including manual therapy, ice and heat therapies, electrical nerve stimulation, or ultrasound. Your physical therapist will also prescribe targeted exercises and stretches to help regain your optimal shoulder function.

How can physical therapy help with shoulder pain?

Two of the biggest goals of physical therapy are 1) to alleviate your pain and 2) to improve your function. Your physical therapist will work with you to make sure that both of these are achieved throughout your physical therapy sessions. Physical therapy has been proven to manage the pain of several conditions, and in many cases, it has even been proven to eliminate shoulder pain altogether, thus making the need for harmful drugs or surgical intervention obsolete.